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Icelandic Pale Ale | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Iceland
einstokbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
American and Bavarian craft come together with the finest Icelandic water to create the Viking version of the Pale Ale, where robust hoppiness meets smooth malty undertones. Cascade hops give it the American character, while Northern Brewer hops add just enough bitterness to make this Ale refreshingly Icelandic.

Added by jazzyjeff13 on 01-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,511
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
309
pDev:
13.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 309 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with white cap and lacing.

Cascade, Northern Brewer and Hallertau Tradition hops give this one a light, floral, spicy air with a smidge of malt aroma in the background.

Flavor on entry is made up of equal parts of malt and the combined hops. Well balanced, neither leaning toward malt or hops, it comes across as a relatively complex though nondescript generic pale ale whose best attribute seems to be it's friendly drinkability.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Brewed 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle which is as close as I ever wish to get. It's actually a rather pleasant pale ale that's easy to like.

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Photo of SevenBeersDaily
4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great ale, especially to accompany a vegetable dish. How anyone can not like this is beyond me.

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Photo of laneyhantz
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Floral aroma with a malty aftertaste. Its a bit heavier than most pale ales but its pretty good. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste but its unique.

Bottom Line: It's worth a try but its not your moms pale ale.

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Photo of 0_0
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of hman43
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: It pours dark golden with an off white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: Aroma is a bit musty with some caramel and somewhat of an herbal quality.

Taste: There is caramel in the flavor with a hint of roast. It does have an herbal quality to it with slight spruce and grass.

Feel: It is moderately bitter with the overall balance favoring the malt. It has a slight bite to it as well.

Overall, this is a ale balanced toward the malt but with a decent level of support from the hops.

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Photo of szuhoj
4.61/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cleanest, crispest beer I ever tasted give it a try if you can.

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Photo of Dope
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmdrpi
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into tulip glass

Dark copper in color, clear,white head. Mild earthy hop aroma. Taste is mildly bitter, some caramel malt flavor. Thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle dated 12-07-16. The beer pours amber with one finger of white head with minimal lacing. The smell is lemon, orange, and some sweet malt. It's a pretty decent smell. The taste is very light, pale malts, with a light citrus, mostly lemon, slightly reminiscent of a pilsner. There is also a slight wet cardboard as it warms. The mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated. Overall it's an average pale. It's light and easy to drink but not very complex or flavorful. There's nothing bad about it but nothing special.

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Photo of singletary
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a orange/Cooper color with a malty aroma to it. The taste is very malty with a bit of hop flavor at the end. It has a medium body to it and very drinkable. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It was more malty than a normal pale ale but still a nice offering.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This one was brewed about 7 months ago, so it’s not the freshest, and regards are given for this. Pours a copper-amber, clean and with a fair off-white head and very little lace.

Aroma: Citrus and floral hops, and some malty grains as well. Subtle, but appealing.

Taste: Hops again, with the citrus and floral notes again, and some bitterness at finish. A solid pale ale, even aged a bit, but far from notable. I’d love to revisit it much fresher one day!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of deg
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin,soapy,white head that dissolves fast.Dark gold / light amber in color,with nice clarity.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get sweet malts,and some floral notes.It smells more like an English pale ale,than an American.

The palate is sweet breaded malts,with some hop bitterness,very well balanced.It even tastes like an English pale ale,but in this case that is not a bad thing.

The body is light,with a medium dry finish.

This is a solid pale ale,nothing special about it...Just a decent beer.

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Photo of Dper
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoppy and malty.
Definitely not like any other Pale Ale.
Very unique surprise. Nice beer!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a copper/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some herbal scents. Taste is malts, caramel, light herbal notes, little to no bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Crisp and well balanced, good hops...though overall it does not have any real character that seperates it from a beer that is not from Iceland...

I was hoping for a unique flavor...

Anyway, still pretty good

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Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rex_4539
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Crystal clear amber color, three finger white head, nice lacing, tons of carbonation.

S: VERY light smell of hops and malt (bready). And that's it. The most un-smelling beer I have ever had.

T: Malty (bready) , light hops. Really nice.

F: Super smooth and drinkable. Goes down like water, in a good way :)

O: I was suprised by this one. I was very dissapointed by the lack of aroma but turned 100% around by the taste and feel. Good job, Iceland!

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stebbi7833
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Icelandic Pale Ale from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 309 ratings
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